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NRDC Lauds President’s Protection of Spectacular New Mexico Mountains

WASHINGTON (May 20, 2014)—President Obama on Wednesday will designate nearly half a million acres of  rugged mountain ranges in New Mexico as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National  Monument, preserving the area’s spectacular scenery, ancient petroglyphs, rare flora and fauna and its recreational opportunities. Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following statement:

“I commend President Obama for taking this important step to save our natural and historic heritage. This is great news for residents of the area, for native Americans, and for all Americans, who will now find it easier to visit and explore this diverse and unique landscape. I am gratified that the president is following through on the promise he made this year to use his executive powers under the law to protect more deserving federal lands for future generations.”

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 2 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

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